Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
3,184 sf
Unfinished Basement
546 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Dream Horse

The Dream Horse was born when a horse-loving couple decided to create their dream home. Doors and windows have been carefully placed to take advantage of the winter sun, balanced daylight and other views. The east-facing front porch and breakfast nook capture sunrises while the private master patio and bath capture the sunsets. Creating a central courtyard allows for more south glass than would normally be possible in larger one-story plans that can have dark inner spaces if they are not sun-inspired. The north wing of the home can be closed off for privacy or energy-savings

First Floor

The central foyer with stone walls has ample space for welcoming several visitors at once. To the right is the large corridor that opens to the courtyard and leads to the garage and bedroom wing with an entertainment/exercise room. To the left of the foyer is the primary living side of the home. First the kitchen with the sunny breakfast area beyond, then the bright living and dining area with the stone-covered fireplace and bookcase wall. Around the corner is the study with French doors open to the great room on one side and the patio courtyard on the other. These areas can all view a TV placed on the bookcase wall.

The master bedroom on the private end of the house has an expansive south view from inside and west view from the patio with the optional hot tub that it not too far from the master bath. Close proximity to the laundry reduces the need to haul clothes through the house and the outside door provides quick access to the courtyard for sunbathing or drying of clothes.

Attached Garage and Carport

A large garage with 10' wide doors can house large farm vehicles and plenty of surrounding workshop area to work on equipment. An optional carport shades the cars and provides a covered space for large cookouts without visually overpowering the house with a large garage. Its location provides easy access to the mudroom and basement as well as the front door.

Construction Info

Open, flat land with high winds dictated a low profile and the high water table from a nearby river prevented a full basement. The concrete slab on the entire south side of the home provides ample thermal mass to store the winter sun's heat and help keep the home cool in summer. North and center crawlspaces make accessing plumbing easier. The small basement could serve as a storm shelter or root cellar. Ten-foot-high walls support the flat, clear span trusses that help balance the large, open spaces. The south windows can then be raised to minimize the need for tempered glass low to the floor. Dropped ceiling areas for ductwork can help define spaces and add ceiling character.

Modification Ideas

Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.

  • Flip the plan along the north-south axis for a sunny master bedroom in the morning, a sunny kitchen in the evening, and a sunset-viewing front porch
  • Widen the courtyard in latitudes above 36° latitude so that more sun reaches the north wing windows
  • Move the mudroom front door to the garage and add a washer & dryer there for families with kids at home
  • Remove the north wing for smaller 2026 s.f. home
  • Remove either the garage or carport to save construction costs
Construction Drawings

For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Combination Slab, Crawlspace & Basement Foundation Plan
  • First Floor Plan with Attached Garage & Carport
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos

Janet chose the 3D services in helping them plan the home and then sent a few photos of the finished design that showed some minor changes made during construction which is the norm for building any home. The south wall of windows for both the main house and north wing was left in tack though.

BTW, it was almost 90 degrees and 20mph wind yesterday and it was 71 degrees inside the house yesterday afternoon - and the HVAC is not even ON yet!!!